Up-and-coming comics compete for an opportunity to perform live at Just
For Laughs JFL42 Festival in Toronto and a shot at $15,000 grand prize
Seven-city audition tour begins June 10
TORONTO, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today
announced the launch of its fourth annual national comedy contest, the
search for SiriusXM's Next Top Comic. This year, up-and-coming comics from across the country will vie for
an opportunity to audition live in one of seven Canadian cities. The
most talented will go on to compete for a chance to win one of eight
spots in the lineup at the Just For Laughs JFL42 Comedy Festival in
Toronto where the best performer will win a grand prize of $15,000 and
the title of SiriusXM's Next Top Comic.
"Canadian comics are extremely talented and work hard every day to
refine their material and delivery while growing their base of fans,"
said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs
channel. "This year, SiriusXM is taking its search for the Next Top
Comic to the next level with an even better grand prize - a chance for
eight up-and-comers to win an all-expenses paid trip to perform live at
the Just For Laughs JFL42 Festival in Toronto. Canada's comedy scene is
thriving and SiriusXM is proud to support it by showcasing the very
best through this annual contest and on our Canadian comedy channel,
SiriusXM will kick-off a seven city tour starting on June 10 in Toronto.
Auditions from the tour will be recorded for broadcast on SiriusXM
Canada's uncensored comedy channel, Canada Laughs (channel 168).
How it Works
Audition: SiriusXM will select 12 of the best performances for live auditions in
each of the seven eligible audition cities. Those who are invited to
audition will receive a professionally-recorded and mixed audio file of
their performance. A panel of judges will select the top three
auditions in each city to move on to the Semi-Finals. All performances
will be video recorded for use in future judging, voting and
Semi-Finals: Over a three-week period beginning July 15th, Canadians will be invited to vote online for their favourite
performance in each city. Eight finalists will be selected based on the
number of votes received in addition to one wildcard video selection.
All of the eight finalists will be given a shot at comedy stardom with
an opportunity to perform live at the Just For Laughs JFL42 Festival in
Toronto. SiriusXM will provide the eight finalists with travel grants
to cover transportation and accommodation in Toronto.
Winner: Following their performances, judges will select one winner from the
eight finalists for the title of Next Top Comic. The winner will take
home $15,000 to support their comedic career development in addition to
a SiriusXM radio and subscription.
Emerging Canadian comedy stars can register at www.siriusxm.ca/nexttopcomic for the chance to audition live in their city of choice:
Toronto, ON - June 10, The Rivoli
Kitchener, ON - June 13, Yuk Yuk's
Montreal, QC - June 17, Comedy Works
Halifax, NS - June 19, Yuk Yuk's
Vancouver, BC - June 22, The Comedy Mix
Calgary, AB - June 24, Comedy Monday Night (Broken City)
Winnipeg, MB - June 25, Rumor's Restaurant and Comedy Club
Previous winners of SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic contest include
Eric Andrews (2011), Matt O'Brien (2010) and Brian Stollery (2009).
About SiriusXM Canada
Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with over 2.2
million subscribers, is the country's leading audio entertainment
company and broadcasts more than 120 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free
music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most
recognized news and entertainment brands as well as every major sport
including the NHL, NFL, MLB and CFL.
SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including
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smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for
homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at www.siriusxm.ca and on Apple, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices.
SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its
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nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit
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SOURCE: SiriusXM Canada
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